Domestic Arrest

On 07/15/2022 at 9:16 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a disturbance at 1403 Center Street in Ruthven. Following an investigation into the disturbance, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dominque Cheri Cullom, 31, of Estherville charging her with Simple Domestic Assault. Cullom was jailed after her arrest.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Accident

On 7/9/2022 at 10:06 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle vs. deer accident that occurred in the 4300 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Toyota Highlander, owned by Jason Stensland but driven by Carla Ann Stensland, age 51 of Ogden, was traveling south on 460th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch. The Stensland vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $7500.00 worth of damages.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Wickman’s Towing.

Warrant Arrest

On July 7th, 2022 at 7:10 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant on Charles A. Heilstedt, age 58 of Ruthven. Heilstedt was charged with Contempt -Resist Order or Process of Magistrate Court. Heilstedt was arrested in the 1900 block of Old Highway 18 in Ruthven and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident. Heilstedt was held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Accident

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 08:41 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 4400 block of 280th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Sandra Holl (80) of Dolliver was driving a 2014 Chrysler 200 westbound in the 4400 block of 280th Street. Due to a suspected medical issue, Holl was not able keep control of her vehicle. Holl’s vehicle drove into the west ditch and came to rest in a corn field.

Holl sustained minor injuries in the accident and was treated by emergency medical services. There is an estimated $1,500.00 damage done to Holl’s vehicle.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Graettinger Ambulance Service and the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.

Drug Arrest

On Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 1205 Main Street, Ruthven. Following the search warrant, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler Sturgill (28) of Ruthven, charging him with possession of controlled substance 2nd offense = aggravated misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia = simple misdemeanor. Sturgill was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Accident

On Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 4:58 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident in the 4400 block of 360th Street (Hwy 18). Following an investigation on scene, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Brent Thooft (40) of Fenton was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon east bound and approaching several vehicles stopped at the construction zone stop light west of the Des Moines River bridge in the 4400 block of 360th Street. Due to driver inattentiveness, Thooft failed to see the stopped vehicles ahead of him and collided with the rearend of a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Erika Thompson (45) of Emmetsburg.

Both vehicles were deemed a total loss in the accident. Thooft and Thompson both sustained injuries as a result of the accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Thooft with failure to stop within a clear and assured distance, which is a simple misdemeanor. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department, Emmetsburg Fire Department, Palo Alto County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Accident

On Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 09:33 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a semi truck and trailer roll over in the 5700 block of 320th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Duane Buchmeier (51) of Sherburn, MN was driving a 2012 Freighliner Cascadia west bound in the 5700 block of 320th Street, hauling feed to a nearby hog site. Buchmeier was unable to maintain control of the semi truck, drove onto the shoulder and ultimately rolled over into the north ditch. A further investigation determined that Buchmeier was under the influence of alcohol, which was a factor in Buchmeier’s ability to maintain control of the semi truck. There was an estimated $100,000 in damage to the semi, trailer, and feed loss. Buchmeier sustained minor injuries during the accident and refused medical assistance.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Duane Buchmeier for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, which is a serious misdemeanor and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, which is a simple misdemeanor. Buchmeier was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Arrest

On 06/25/2022 at 12:03 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Huston Park Campground at Lost Island for a disturbance and welfare check. Upon arrival a deputy met with subjects at a campsite and as a result of an investigation Esther Poeppe (27) of Sioux City, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Esther was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await her initial appearance before a judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Warrant Arrest

On 06/21/2022 at 10:04 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Dean Jenkins, 31, of Estherville on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Simple Assault and Violation of No Contact Order, both simple misdemeanors. The warrant was a no bond warrant until his initial appearance. Jenkins was booked into jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Warrant Arrest

On Friday, June 17, 2022, at 11:28 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Megan Ashley Reese (33) of Laurens, IA. on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant. The warrant was issued for Reese’s arrest for failing to appear on an original charge of driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor which carried a $350.00 cash only bond. Reese would ultimately be released from the Palo Alto County Jail and given a court date to appear on the charge.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest was the Laurens Police Department.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.